UAB names John Meador as dean of libraries

John M. Meador, Jr.A new role at has been created at UAB for dean of libraries, and following a national search, John M. Meador, Jr. has been named for the position. Meador will serve as the inaugural dean of UAB Libraries effective Aug. 5, 2014.

Meador, a proponent of digital preservation, has a notable history of managing libraries in higher education. He served as both dean of libraries and director of Binghamton University Libraries at Binghamton University, The State University of New York. He was dean of libraries and professor at the University of Mississippi as well as dean of library services and professor at Missouri State University.

“Upon learning of this opportunity, I found myself irresistibly lured by the challenge of becoming UAB’s inaugural Dean of Libraries, charged with collaboratively merging two well respected libraries to fashion a model 21st Century research library system,” Meador said. “Furthermore, I am impressed that this bold initiative is embraced by the administration of a rapidly growing premier research institution that views contemporary librarianship as strategic to enterprise-wide success.”

Meador received his B.A. in English and humanities from the University of Louisville. He obtained a M.A. in English and folklore as well as a M.L.S. in library science from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received a graduate certificate in public administration from the University of Utah and participated in the Harvard Leadership Institute.